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london climate change march

Over 50,000 of us dressed in blue marched in London on Saturday for The Wave, as politicians gear up for next Monday's climate summit. Stuart was amazed to find himself really enjoying the event and offering to carry my sign. People were all very friendly and the afternoon had a lovely carnival atmosphere, despite the seriousness of the campaign.

Stuart waffled about whether he should go or not, seeing as he sort of is the government on climate change, but I convinced him he should come, since he's not actually in Copenhagen. And it wasn't so much a protest as more of a positive 'don't you let us down, politicians' encouragement sort of thing. (Which will turn into a massive, angry protest if they mess up and spend the whole time bickering over trivial things.)

I wished I'd had more time to think up a really clever slogan for my sign but, well, at least it was homemade.

We even had a chihuahua against climate change, fabulous.


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Dec. 6th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
Nice sign!
You made a nice sign!
That panda bear is pretty amazing.

Dec. 6th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Nice sign!
Aw, thanks, David! :-) The WWF panda WAS pretty cool... here's its backside!

Dec. 7th, 2009 02:00 am (UTC)
i used to go on a lot of these kind of things before i had kids and everything... these days i just draw the odd cynical cartoon on the subject...
good on you -- i'd've liked to have been there.
Dec. 7th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, the oddly wonderful cynical cartoon, more like! :D

You wouldn't believe how many children were there! Almost every other person seemed to have a kid in tow. Most of them looked like they were having a great time, but I saw a couple who were screaming their heads off. The ones in slings and on shoulders looked much happier than the ones entombed in rain-proof pushchairs.
Dec. 10th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
well, yes, that's very true i'm sure -- lame excuse!
everything just takes a lot more organising with kids. and there's their footy to work around at the weekend...
Dec. 7th, 2009 07:59 am (UTC)
Mags and Mano marched too
Wahey!!! Good on you! We were marching too -- in Brussels.
Not so well publicised - we only found out the night before that it was happening, but still a good way to spend a couple of hours on a Saturday. The shouts (in English, to avoid any language controversy) suffered a little bit from enthusiastic continental accents... any one wondering why 15000 people were yelling 'Egg NO!' should understand that it started out as 'Act Now' :-)
Dec. 7th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Mags and Mano marched too
Ha ha, Egg NO, that's brilliant! :D And great you guys were marching - I think you were the ones who got me thinking about going in the first place! But it would've been fun to have seen what was happening over there. (Not long, now!) :-)
Dec. 8th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
Good London people
I find very good people in London marching up for a good cause.

In Bangalore, India, I am yet to find a group or association taking up the cause of Climate change.

Dec. 9th, 2009 08:33 am (UTC)
Re: Good London people
Thanks for that! Hmm, there must be something in India... or at least, you'd think there would be...? At least on online community discussing it?

I can imagine there are a lot more cars these days in Bangalore than there used to be. My friend Woodrow Phoenix just did a short tour in India for his book, 'Rumble Strip', but it was talking about road safety, not car emissions. Fingers crossed that India gets a fair deal in this Copenhagen summit.
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